TEDxBroadway: Imagining and Creating the Future of Broadway
The last date listed for TEDxBroadway was Monday, Jan. 23, 2012 / 11:00am.
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The Vision: 20 years ago, in January of 1992, Broadway was a different place: Times Square and the environs were dangerous and down at the heels, the World Wide Web had just launched, and the Soviet Union had come to an end just a month before.
So much has changed on Broadway in that time that it begs the question “What will Broadway be like 20 years from now?”
But there’s an even better, more important question than that: “What’s the best that Broadway can be 20 years from now?” And that’s the question TEDxBroadway will attempt to answer.
The event will run from 11am to 5pm (including registration and breaks), but stick around because there will be a cocktail party immediately following the final session.
TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences — the TED Conference in Long Beach and Palm Springs each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh UK each summer — TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Project and TED Conversations, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize.
TEDx was created in the spirit of TED’s mission, “ideas worth spreading.” The program is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level.
About *Damian Bazadona*
Damian Bazadona founded Situation Interactive (formerly, Situation Marketing) in 2001 and oversees the strategic direction for the company which maintains offices in New York, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Situation has managed the online marketing strategy for more than 200 live event productions and currently represents many theatrical brands across the country including Disney, Wicked_, Mamma Mia!_, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Billy Elliot_, Blue Man Group_, Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular, along with many others.
Prior to forming Situation Interactive, Damian was partner and chief marketing officer of Cyber-NY Interactive where he was responsible for new business development and strategic initiatives for the firm. His work was instrumental in leading the firm to a 600 percent increase in sales, acquisition of Fortune 1000 clients, and inclusion in Ernst & Young and MIT’s Internet 500. He is an active contributor and source for leading Internet and business publications including The New York Times, Variety_, Associated Press_, Fortune Small Business and many more. In addition, he has served as a speaker and source for university research studies relating to online marketing for Yale University, New York University, Brooklyn College and Fordham University’s graduate level programs. Damian holds a B.S., Business Administration from University at Albany.
About Joseph Craig
Joseph Craig has more than 20 years of experience in entertainment marketing and market research, starting his career at Blockbuster Video before moving on to Paramount Pictures and then for The National Research Group, a division of Nielsen Entertainment that conducts market research for the major Hollywood studios. While at NRG, Joseph saw an opportunity to expand the company’s clientele, forming NRGi in 2003 to bring market research to independent filmmakers and Broadway producers. In his five years at NRGi, he developed countless relationships with theatrical producers, filmmakers and studio heads. Joseph left that position in 2008 to co-partner at Entertainment Research and Marketing (ERm), dividing his time between the New York and Los Angeles offices. ERm specializes in market research/marketing consulting for film, Broadway and off-Broadway theatrical productions and other live entertainment and leisure-time attractions.
About Ken Davenport
Ken Davenport is a Broadway producer whose credits include Godspell, Chinglish, Oleanna starring Bill Pullman and Julia Stiles, Speed-the-Plow, Will Ferrell’s You’re Welcome America, Blithe Spirit starring Angela Lansbury, and 13, as well as Altar Boyz, My First Time, The Awesome 80s Prom, and Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating, & Marriage Off-Broadway. He also recently released These Magnificent Miles: On the Long Road with Red Wanting Blue, a documentary on one of the top unsigned rock bands in the country. Ken was featured on a national commercial for Apple’s iPhone and named one of Crain’s “40 Under Forty.” Combined, Ken’s productions have grossed more than $100 million worldwide and are being produced internationally in over 25 countries including Germany, Mexico, France and Korea. He created and developed the Broadway board game Be A Broadway Star, recently seen on “The Today Show,” and a smartphone app called At The Booth, which gives a listing of available shows at the famed TKTS® booth in Times Square. At The Booth has been featured on Entertainment Weekly’s “Must List” and called “Ingenious! The best thing to happen to New York theater since, well, the introduction of the TKTS® booth!” He also runs a number of theatrical websites including BroadwaySpace.com—Broadway’s #1 social networking site, DidHeLikeIt.com, and YourBroadwayGenius.com. Current projects include bringing the first ever revival of A Few Good Men to Broadway and adapting the novel and film Somewhere in Timeinto a Broadway musical. His blog,TheProducersPerspective.com, has been featured in Vanity Fair, New York Magazine, The Gothamist and more. He has written articles for Forbes, Mashable, Imedia and others. For more information, visit www.DavenportTheatrical.com.
About Frank Eliason
Frank Eliason, Citibank’s Senior Vice President of Social Media, has been described as the “most famous customer service manager in the U.S., possibly the world.” By expanding the reach of customer service via social media, and taking the simple approach of asking "Can we help?” he repositioned the relationship between Comcast and its customers. His efforts at Comcast inspired a global wave of innovation in the way businesses communicate and engage with their customers — using new communication channels to improve customer experience.
Prior to joining Citibank, Frank was best known to many as the voice behind @ComcastCares, one of the earliest examples of how a business can use social networks to proactively listen and respond to customer concerns in real time. His work with Comcast’s customers is one of the top case studies proving that social media can play a positive role for corporations. This work has been recognized by many news organizations such as ABC News, CNN, The New York Times, Business Week, and many others. He is also one of the most sought-after thought leaders on social media and customer experience, and regularly participates in panels and speaking engagements.
At Citibank, Frank and his team are helping to change the way a global financial institution manages its relationships with a diverse community of consumer, small business and corporate customers — to serve and exceed their expectations and help build a lifetime of trust between Citibank and its customers.
Prior to joining Comcast in 2007, Frank worked in customer Service management for Advanta Bank and Vanguard Investments.
Frank is a board member for both the Council of Better Business Bureaus and SOCAP (Society of Consumer Affairs Professionals). He also serves on the advisory board for Drexel University’s Center for Corporate Reputation Management.
You may connect with Frank on Twitter at @FrankEliason or via his blog.
About Juan Enriquez
Juan Enriquez, Managing Director of Excel Venture Management, is a bestselling author of As the Future Catches You (an Amazon best book of year; The Untied States of America (Miami Herald’s book of the decade), Homo evolutis: a Tour of the Next Human Species (with Steve Gullans and TED). Rem Koolhaas chose his Map of Global Nucleotide Data Flow (done with West and Martinez) as an iconic example of 21st century design. Fortune profiled him as “Mr. Gene," Wired as “Darwin for the DNA Age.” He has helped found or guide more than a dozen tech start-ups including Synthetic Genomics, ZipCar, Xcellerex, Activate Networks. He sailed around the world with Dr. J. Craig Venter on a sampling expedition that increased the number of known genes by 10X. He negotiated a peace treaty with the Zapatista rebels in Mexico and was the Founding Director of the Harvard Life Sciences Project.
About Vincent Gassetto
Vincent Gassetto is the Principal of the Academy of Applied Mathematics and Technology, also known as M.S. 343, which is a small middle school located in District 7 of the Bronx. The school services 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students in the South Bronx community and is driven by his vision of providing a meaningful learning experience for students and families, focusing on technology and personal experiences, to prepare students for the 21st century. M.S. 343, despite being located in one of the poorest congressional districts in the country, is one of only 32 NYC Department of Education public schools, out of approximately 1,800, to receive an “A” on its city report card for five consecutive years.
About Steve Gullans
Steve Gullans, PhD, is an innovator, entrepreneur, and investor who enjoys translating scientific breakthroughs into products and services that transform people’s lives. As a professor at Harvard Medical School for nearly 20 years he focused on applying advanced technologies to human diseases. He published more than 130 scientific papers in many fields including cancer, ALS, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and diabetes. He recently co-authored with Juan Enriquez an eBook entitled, Homo evolutis: A Short Tour of Our New Species, which describes a world where humans increasingly shape their environment, themselves, and other species. Among his current interests are technologies that will positively impact human behavior to help address the global crisis in obesity, heart disease, and infectious diseases. Steve currently hangs his hat at Excel Venture Management where he is a Managing Director.
About Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris currently stars as Barney Stinson on the hit CBS sitcom, How I Met Your Mother, a role which has garnered him multiple Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominations, as well as a People’s Choice Award for Favorite TV Comedy Actor, and a Critics’ Choice Award for Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. He recently tackled the leading role of Bobby in the New York Philharmonic’s concert production of Stephen Sondheim’s Company at Lincoln Center. Broadway: Assassins, Cabaret, and Proof. Regional: All My Sons, Tick, Tick…Boom, The Paris Letter, Sweeney Todd, Rent, and Romeo and Juliet.
Harris made his theatrical directorial debut with I Am Grock at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood. Additionally, he directed a production of Jonathan Larson’s Rent at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, and more recently he helmed a production of The Expert at the Card Table at the Broad Stage Theater.
Earlier this year, Harris starred in the live-action/animated feature, The Smurfs, and he can currently be seen in A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas. Additional film credits include: Beastly, The Best and the Brightest, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, Undercover Brother, The Next Best Thing, The Proposition, Starship Troopers, and Clara’s Heart (Golden Globe nom.).
On television, Harris gained notoriety as the title character in Doogie Howser, M.D. (People’s Choice Award, Golden Globe nom.), as well as in the NBC comedy series Stark Raving Mad. Additional television credits include: Glee (Emmy Award), Numb3rs, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Will & Grace, and Boomtown. Harris served as the host of the 63rd Tony Awards (Emmy Award), the 65th Tony Awards, and the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards.*
About Joe Iconis
Joe Iconis is a musical theater writer and concert performer. He has been nominated for two Drama Desk Awards, a Lucille Lortel Award, and is the recipient of an Ed Kleban Award, a Jonathan Larson Award, an ASCAP Harold Adamson Lyric Award, and a MAC John Wallowitch Award. He is the author of Bloodsong Of Love, _The Black Suits _(book co-written with Robert Maddock), ReWrite, Theaterworks USA’s The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks and We The People. The original cast recording of his theatrical rock concert Things To Ruin is available now on Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight Records. He is greatly inspired by Robert Altman, Dolly Parton, The Muppets, and the family of artists he frequently surrounds himself with.
About Barry Kahn
Barry Kahn is CEO and founder of Qcue where he drives the vision and overall business strategy for the dynamic pricingcompany. An economist and recognized thought leader in the ticketing industry, Barry provides guidance to professional sports teams, concert promoters and venue managers on how to optimize revenue while providing the best value to fans. Barry is a frequent speaker, author and media spokesperson whose commentary has appeared in leading media outlets including The New York Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, Sports Illustrated, The Economist, CNBC, and many others. He holds a Ph.D. and an M.S. in economics from The University of Texas at Austin, and a B.S. in applied engineering physics from Cornell University. *
About Kara Larson
Kara Larson is founder and principal of Arts Knowledge, a marketing consulting firm specializing in the performing arts. She is also the founder and director of the Portland Performing Arts Festival, a multidisciplinary summer festival in Maine. She has previously held senior staff positions in marketing and communications with arts organizations across the U.S., including Carolina Performing Arts, San Francisco Opera, and Glimmerglass Festival. Her work for clients focuses on new audience development, demand and pricing strategies, audience loyalty and retention, and the patron experience.*
About Patricia Martin
Patricia Martin is an author and noted expert on commerce and culture. She is CEO and founder of LitLamp Communications, an award-winning marketing boutique acclaimed for using culture as a medium to connect brands with communities of consumers. Martin conjured a strategy for the Asian tour of the New York Philharmonic, spearheaded a viral Information Privacy initiative funded by George Soros, launched Animal Planet, introduced Dannon products into school lunch rooms nationwide, and re-focused Sun Microsystems’ higher education strategy.
Author of the books Renaissance Generation: The Rise of the Cultural Consumer, What it Means to Your Business and Tipping the Culture: How Engaging Millennials Will Change Things, Martin pioneered the point of view that the convergence of art, technology and entertainment is remaking the American consumer. A keynote speaker in demand, Martin brings C-level executives to their feet when she casts the American consumer in a new light and sets the stage for marketing in the 21st Century. Characterizing her speaking style, the Houston Chronicle said Martin has a “magnetic presence.”
Before founding her firm in 1995, Martin created the first-of-its-kind sponsorship marketing division for the American Library Association. While there, she partnered with some of the world’s most recognized brands, including Microsoft, where she built the blueprint for what is now the Gates Library Foundation, an initiative Mr. Gates believes “History will get right,” as his most important legacy (The New York Times, Nov. 6, 2002). Martin has been featured in the Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, NPR, the Wall Street Reporter, Market Watch, Harvard Business Review, and Advertising Age. She is a frequent contributor to Advertising Age and The Huffington Post, a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Cultural Affairs International, and lives near Chicago with her daughter, Grace.
About Jim McCarthy
Jim McCarthy is the CEO of Goldstar, the company that uses the power of the Internet to make live entertainment a part of everyone’s life. At Goldstar, Jim focuses on business development through strategic marketing. Before launching Goldstar in February 2002, Jim was Vice President of Marketing for venture-backed Kiko, Inc. Previous to that, he developed highly successful sales products for GeoCities until its acquisition by Yahoo! in 1999.
Jim is a graduate of Harvard University and the Anderson School of Business at UCLA. He has penned articles on e-commerce and niche marketing for such publications as Fast Company, Business Insider, and E-Commerce Times, and has been a featured lecturer at such conferences as InTix and Drilling Down on Local. He has been an active participant at the annual TED conference since 2008. He also serves as Chief Editor for Live 2.0, an online initiative to build understanding and awareness of the rising prominence of the live entertainment segment of the entertainment economy.
About Gregory Mosher
Gregory Mosher is the former Director of the Lincoln Center and Goodman Theatres, and is the producer or director of nearly 200 plays at those theaters, on Broadway and in the West End. His colleagues have included Samuel Beckett, Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, David Mamet, Richard Nelson, Edward Albee and many of the country’s leading actors and directors, including Peter Brook, Jerome Robbins, and Mike Nichols, in such premiere productions as Glengarry Glen Ross, Six Degrees of Separation, Freak, and Sarafina! His recent work on Broadway includes directing and producing A View from the Bridge and That Championship Season. In 2004, he established Columbia University’s Arts Initiative, a program to engage students and faculty across the university in the arts, and led it through 2010. Mr. Mosher is currently a professor at Columbia, where one of his classes is devoted to encouraging students to find new 21st century producing models.
About Jordan Roth
Jordan Roth is the President of Jujamcyn Theaters, overseeing five Broadway theaters. Current productions include The Book of Mormon, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, Jersey Boys, Lysistrata Jones and On A Clear Day You Can See Forever. Recent productions have included American Idiot, Fela!, Spring Awakening, and Hair. Jordan hosts a popular interview series at the venerable 92nd Street Y, facilitating insightful and revealing one-on-one discussions with the most celebrated actors on the Broadway stage. Recent guests have included Bono and the Edge, Daniel Radcliffe, Nathan Lane, Laura Linney, Billie Joe Armstrong, Elaine Stritch and Harvey Fierstein. He created Givenik.com, where theatergoers can purchase theatre tickets and give 5% of their ticket price to the charity of their choice. Jordan serves on the boards of The Broadway League, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, The Times Square Alliance and Freedom to Marry. He graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University with degrees in philosophy and theater and received his MBA at Columbia Business School.
About Matt Sax
Matt Sax is a writer, actor and musician. His one-man hip-hop musical Clay, was presented by Lincoln Center (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Nominations), Lookingglass Theatre/About Face Theatre (Jeff Award), Center Theatre Group (Ovation Award Nomination), KC Rep and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He is currently writing the musical Venice_, which has been presented by Center Theatre Group and KC Rep (_TIME Magazine Best Musical of 2010), and will soon be seen at the Public Theatre. He also writes and performs in the comedy group, Sax & Dixon, whose work has been presented by Ars Nova, The Montreal Comedy Festival and The NY Fringe Festival.
About Randy Weiner
Randy Weiner is best known as the foremost proponent of a hybrid form of theater that mixes the music and energy of a nightclub with the drama and spectacle of theater. His writing credits include Archbishop Supreme Tartuffe, Caligula, both with Alfred Preisser, Classical Theatre of Harlem; The Donkey Show, produced all over the world, currently running at American Repertory Theater; Best Of Both Worlds, Music-Theatre Group, Women’s Project, American Repertory Theater; Swimming With Watermelons, Music-Theatre Group, Vineyard Theatre; Turandot: Rumble For The Ring, Bay Street Theatre; The Jim Rose Circus In “Stairway To Hell,” Base Entertainment, Underbelly in Edinburgh; The Karaoke Show, Jordan Roth Productions; and Death And The Powers to be presented in Fall 2010 in Monte Carlo.
As the Producing Director of Project 400 Theater Group, he and partner Diane Paulus have produced more than 40 productions. He is the creative director and co-creator of Beacher’s Madhouse, a variety show that ran four years at The Joint at The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and now tours North America. Other producing projects include a new variety circus, The Most Interesting Show in the World, sponsored by Heineken, that recently completed its second 16-city US tour, and Purgatorio, a Halloween extravaganza presented by CBS Radio in Times Square. Randy is also a managing partner of The Box, a performance venue in NYC, and the creator and executive producer of Oberon, a club-theater venue in Cambridge, MA.